2018's Most Revolutionary Hackathon Has Arrived

Five years ago, Money20/20 launched an intense competition that brought together the most brilliant minds to collaborate and create the future of money. 

Today, the Money20/20 USA Hackathon is regarded as the best Fintech Hackathon in the world for the brightest developers, designers and entrepreneurs. In 2018 we turned up the heat, challenging hackers from across the globe to design solutions for a simpler, fairer, and more inclusive financial system for businesses and society as a whole. 

From blockchain to machine learning, IoT, big data, and beyond - the playing field of innovation never stays still. That’s why we helped bring bold ideas and solutions to The Venetian in Las Vegas, in exchange for $80k in cash prizes, international notoriety and outrageous prizes from our participating sponsors. We invited the best of the best to showcase their skills and vision using APIs, SDKs and other tools from today's leading payment and financial service innovators.

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Grand Prize Winner

ViSync was awarded the grand prize this year, taking home $15,000 and taking hold of the opportunity to present on our keynote stage.

ViSync masterminded the idea to send money using Visa Direct API, where spending can be tracked and analyzed through Synchrony’s User360 API. Categorical spending restriction can be provided through Visa’s Transaction Control API and MCC codes. This idea has the potential to help unbanked individuals around the world, helping provide access to banking and credit.

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Our runner-ups were each awarded $15,000 for their innovative ideas.

  • KidBank is a financial education app that teaches money literacy to children. Sponsors: Synchrony and Yodlee
  • MoneyClips is a smart budgeting app that helps families proactively manage their finances and savings. Sponsors: Visa and Yodlee.
  • Moolah helps educate children on basic financial literacy and money management, ultimately helping raise responsible spenders. Sponsors: Visa and Yodlee.
  • Authority uses financial data and common API’s for instant identity verification, ultimately providing instant access to credit and voting via blockchain. Sponsors: Yodlee and Synchrony.
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2nd Runner-Ups

Each 2nd Runner-Up team was awarded $5,000 for their innovative ideas.

  • Visacares connects waste collectors with consumers, buying their recyclables at a nominal price and reselling them back to recycling centers for a larger profit. Sponsor: Visa.
  • Clarity replaces cash transactions with electronic transactions, bringing transparency and accountability to your spending habits. Sponsors: PayPal and Visa.
  • Pantry Pal is a community-driven resource pooling vehicle that democratizes access to bulk price household necessities. Sponsor: PayPal
  • Vera enables an application for a line of credit on an alternative credit score, by creating a snapshot of one’s overall financial standing and need. Sponsors: Synchrony and Yodlee.
  • American Dream helps users find the best locations to move so they can live an optimal lifestyle. Sponsors: Yodlee and Synchrony.

Travel Stipend for Qualified Participants

Qualified developers, designers and entrepreneurs can get up to a $125 stipend with a cap of actual expenses incurred for travel and lodging. To qualify, developers, designers and entrepreneurs must do all of the below:

  • Check-in onsite to the Money20/20 Hackathon and,
  • Submit a project, and
  • Demo to the judges on Sunday, October 22

All receipts such as hotel, airfare, gas, and lodging must have the attendee's name on them. Receipts must reflect the dates of October 19-26. Only travel to/from the Money20/20 Hackathon and hotel stay during the event will be reimbursed up to a total of $125. Further instructions to come.

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2016 Money20/20 Hackathon Final Demos


Wednesday, October 11

6:00pm PST: Pre-Hackathon Web-ex

Friday, October 20

10:30-11:30pm: Happy Hour (Drink Reception at Tao)

Saturday, October 21

7:00-10:00am: Sponsor Setup
9:00-12:00pm: Registration Open
9:00-11:00am: Breakfast
11:00-11:15am: Opening Announcements & Coding Begins
11:15-11:45am: Sponsor Pitches
12:00-12:45pm: Attendee Pitches
12:00-2:00pm: Lunch and Networking
1:00-4:30pm: Sponsor Breakout Sessions
6:00-8:00pm: Dinner
11:00pm-1:00am: Midnight Snack

Sunday, October 22

6:30-8:30am: Breakfast
11:00am: Submission Deadline, Coding Ends
11:15am-1:15pm: Lunch
12:00-2:30pm: Round 1 Demos
2:30-3:15pm: Judges Deliberate
3:15-4:45pm: Final Demos
4:45-5:30pm: Judges Deliberate
5:30-6:00pm: Money20/20 Opening Keynote
6:10-6:30pm: Winners & Awards

2016 Money20/20 Hackathon Final Demos

2016 Money20/20 Hackathon Final Demos

How Does It Work?

How Many People Per Team?

Up to 5 people may be on any one team.  

Fresh Code Only!

All code developed as part of the Money20/20 Hackathon must be FRESH. Before the start of the Money20/20 Hackathon, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. They can also come with hardware, but all code must be written onsite during the 24-hours of hacking.

What’s the Judging Like?

Winners of the Money20/20 Hackathon are selected by a panel of judges comprising of industry experts hand-picked by the Challenge Sponsors. Each team’s submission is scored based on the following criteria:

  • Simplicity: Is the application simple to use and can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?
  • Creativity: How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the Challenge?
  • Impact: Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?
  • Design: Was the UX/UI intuitive and appealing?

What are the Prizes?

At the 2018 Money20/20 USA Hackathon 10 winning teams were rewarded in a big way! Prizes ranged from awesome experiences to $100K in cash prizes, tech gadgets and unique prizes from each sponsor.

Watch the 2017 Money20/20 Hackathon Highlights

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Michel Léger
EVP of Innovation
Ingenico Group
Ingenico Group